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'Not frustrated' Matt Hancock hits back at Ben Shepherd 'vaccine uptake is spectacular'


Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted that he was not frustrated at the countries current state regarding the fight against coronavirus. Good Morning Britain host Ben Shephard argued it would be frustrating the growing scepticism towards vaccine due to some countries move to ban the AstraZeneca vaccine. Mr Hancock dismissed this and argued that in the UK the vaccine uptake has been “spectacular”. 

He reiterated the country was still doing well and the Government was being transparent about the vaccine rollout. 

Mr Shephard said: “It is frustrating though isn’t it?

“No matter how hard, as our Government and as a Ministers in charge and experts, you try to allay people’s fears every time there is a change to how the vaccine is delivered or the ages of the people that get the vaccine, it brings into question this question between these blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“How much of a blow is this? How frustrated are you about that?”

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Mr Hancock replied: “I am not frustrated because I think this transparency is important.”

“We haven’t seen this problem yet, as in the uptake amongst the over 50s for who the vaccine is available for at the moment, is amazing.

“Over 90 percent, 9 in 10 people, and in the over 70s it is over 95 percent who are taking the vaccine.

“The uptake is absolutely spectacular, the number of people coming forward for their second jab was over 99 percent. 

“This is even though the risk of getting a blood clot is approximately the same as taking a long-haul flight.

“We are going to make this as safe as we possibly can for you, therefore you will have the choice of having a Pfizer or Moderna jab.”

Mr Hancock insisted those that have already have their first vaccine jab should go on to have their second. 

He said:”But if you had the AstraZeneca vaccine already it is incredibly important to come forward for the second dose.

“This is because there is no evidence of this impact from second doses.

“We have now done over 5.5 million second doses in this country. 

“When you get the call, get the jab and we will make sure that it is done as safely as we possibly can.”


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